— Sean Penn
took advantage of an opportunity to criticize Donald Trump
at the Cannes Film Festival
on Sunday, and he took it.
At a press conference for his new film "Flag Day," the two-time Oscar winner slammed the former president's response to the coronavirus pandemic
Penn, who has led an effort to test and vaccinate underserved communities, said Trump and his White House
"let down" the country and the world with misinformation
and "half-truths," calling it an "obscene administration in all terms, humanly and politically."
“It felt like someone with a machine gun
gunning down communities that were most vulnerable from a turret at the White House when my team and I would come home from test and vaccination
sites late at night, particularly during testing under Trump,” he added.
President Joe Biden
and his administration, he said emphatically, have provided welcome relief.
“There was no effort of integrity coming from the federal government until the Trump administration
was dismissed,” he said of the transition to President Biden’s task force.
Penn previously accused Trump of "negligent homicide
on a massive scale."
“Flag Day,” which Penn directed and co-stars in with his daughter Dylan
, premiered Saturday at Cannes, which hasn’t been held since May 2019 due to the pandemic. Masks
are required at the Palais des Festivals, and the party scene at the prestigious film festival has been quieter than usual.
“Flag Day,” based on Jennifer Vogel’s memoir
, follows the turbulent relationship of a con man (Penn) and his daughter (Dylan Penn), who becomes a journalist
Penn stated that he gave the script to Matt Damon
a month and a half before shooting
to gauge Damon's interest in playing the lead, but Damon told him that he would be a "stupid schmuck" to pass up the chance to act alongside his daughter.